Warwick Mills sees jobs in defense contract


A $10 million subcontract awarded to a New Ipswich manufacturing company is expected to bring with it employment opportunities for residents of the Monadnock Region. Warwick Mills, maker of high-performance composite materials, announced Dec. 20 that it has been awarded the subcontract from Lockheed Martin to supply all structural materials and sealing systems for atmospheric-grade high-altitude airships. The Missile Defense Agency will fund the project, which is expected to increase employment opportunities in the areas of engineering, development, operations, quality assurance and administrative positions. "We expect to be adding about 15 new positions," said company spokesperson Kathy Stone. U.S. Sens. Judd Gregg and John Sununu and Congressman Charlie Bass were instrumental in bringing this project to New Hampshire, according to a statement released by the company. High-altitude airships are instrumental in the deployment of next generation sensor systems for Homeland Security and offer a cost-effective alternative to the satellites that are currently being used, the firm said. When completed, the airships will also be used in the areas of communications, surveillance, navigation, weather forecasting and environmental monitoring. - TRACIE STONE
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